Zesty Zoodle Salad…Say Goodbye To Boring Salad Forever!

Zesty Zoodle Salad is one of my goto choices for getting more veggies in my diet that goes beyond boring old carrots or greens or zuchinni.

There is no room in this world for boring, bland salads. With so may amazing taste options, you should NEVER settle for less than awesome!

Awesome like this Zesty Zoodle Salad. Oh my goodness this is a great one!

INGREDIENTS

1-2 large zucchini, spiralized
1/2 red bell pepper or 3 mini red peppers, chopped
1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/3 cup chopped red onion

Zesty Zoodle Salad Dressing

  • Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • teaspoon brown or dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (mixed herbs)
  • teaspoon sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1.  Add zucchini, bell pepper, red cabbage, cucumber and red onion into a large salad bowl.
  2. In a measuring cup whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Get creative with add in’s: shrimp, olives, tomatoes

Zesty Zoodle Salad

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10 Fitness Tips For Beginners

10 Fitness Tips For Beginners are solid steps for you if you’re just starting out on your new fitness journey. These tips are also great if you’ve been away from health and fitness for awhile and you’re just getting going again.

Always consult a medical professional before starting any new fitness program to make sure you’re ready for it. The best way to adopt a new fitness focused lifestyle is to find a program you like and stick with it!

10 Fitness Tips For Beginners

  1. Make Your Workout Worth It

If you want to get the most out of your workout, you need to remember that around 80% of the results that you get from your workout actually come from just 20% of your workout.

That means that in an hour’s session, only 12 minutes of the workout will contribute to the bulk of your results. You need to make those minutes really count. Use compound movements that work more than one muscle group at a time to really make the most of your time.

  1. Remember To Eat Healthy

Any body shaping goals can only be achieved by eating a healthy diet. If you’re going to the gym so that you can go home and eat a double triple cheeseburger with a 2-person serving of French fries, you won’t do your body any favors.

You should make sure that you eat in moderation, and remember that if you’re burning off more calories, you will need to eat that little bit more so that you have enough energy. Balance your nutrition and avoid faddy diets.

  1. Change Your Eating Habits

You need to make sure that you eat properly as well as eating healthily. Eating properly includes eating at the right times of the day. Skipping breakfast is a really bad idea and you shouldn’t eat too late in the evening either. Speak to a personal trainer about what would work for you so that you can achieve your goals.

  1. Plan Out Your Routine

To make sure that you know just when you’re going to be working out and when you can look forward to some downtime, you really should come up with a plan. Remember to include rest days and be realistic about how much time you can make free.

Remember to stick to your schedule as much as possible so that you don’t slide into the habit of skipping the gym and make your targets achievable.

  1. Make A 100% Commitment

You need to remember that your body transformation needs complete dedication from you. You can’t skip a day or two here and there, because you feel as though you deserve it. Plan when your rest day will be and stick to that. Even if you have a vacation planned, check out the local gym, and make sure to take an hour out of each day to continue to work out. Keep up with the healthy eating too.

  1. Don’t Let Preconceptions Put You Off

It’s easy to look at a female bodybuilder and suddenly panic if you’re a woman who is trying to lose weight and develop a petite and slender figure.

The reality is that it is virtually impossible for women to bulk like that; it requires a particular plan and effort. If you stick to a plan that your personal trainer has given you, you won’t go wrong.

  1. Keep It Simple 

You should remember that you are only starting out with fitness. In order to avoid injury and to avoid putting yourself off continuing with your training, you should make sure that you familiarize yourself with the basics first.

Start off with some shorter sessions and then expand your workout as you become more confident and as your fitness, levels start to rise.

  1. Prepare For Your New Routine

Make sure that you make yourself available to workout and have a rough plan of how you would like your workout to go. You need to come up with some realistic goals too, so if you want to have 6-pack abs, aim to achieve some muscle definition within 6 months or if you would like to lose 2 stone, make sure that the timeframe that you set yourself is achievable. If you don’t know what your targets are, no personal trainer will be able to help you.

  1. Remember Cardio

So you want to get 6-pack abs, bulging biceps, and strong legs? You can’t get those things by just lifting weights. You must remember that while you’re working out, you should fit in a good amount of cardio.

If you’re already carrying excess weight, you need to make sure that you burn off the fat by doing cardio combined with resistance training and the muscle will start to show through while the fat gets burned away properly.

  1. Use A Visual Inspiration

It is very helpful to have a visual inspiration to keep you motivated to lose weight. Try performing a Google image search to find photos of people who have a body shape and size similar to your own ideals.

Print out the image or images and display these where you will see them all the time, for example near your work desk, on your car dashboard or on the fridge. This will ensure that you have a visual goal that will keep you motivated every single day!

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Follow these easy 10 Fitness Tips For Beginners and you’ll be on your way to a great new you!

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gluten free paleo pancakes

Gluten Free Paleo Pancakes – 5 Ways

Gluten free paleo pancakes were the showcase on Facebook LIVE last night – you can catch the replay HERE.

Using a base pancake recipe, I put together 5 breakfast combinations that are great for everyone in your family!

Quick, fast, easy and tasty!

I made:

Pancake Fruit Kabobs

My kids ate them and I wasn’t fast enough to get a pic – watch the video!

Blueberry Pancakes With Strawberry Sauce

 

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Bacon And Egg “Sandwich”- My Healthy Version of a McGriddle

gluten free paleo pancakes

 

Avocado Pancake Toast – (my take on the ever so popular avocado toast)

gluten free paleo pancakes

 

Pancake Dipped Bacon <— not a typo, the real deal

Sadly no pic, once the broadcast was over my kids swooped in and inhaled all of the pancake bacon dippers #Sorry

You can make these pancakes ahead and freeze them. When you are ready to eat, take them out and pop them in the toaster!

Gluten Free Paleo Pancakes Base Recipe

1 1/2 cups of gluten free all-purpose flour (I have Pillsbury and Bob’s Red Mill)
3 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups of dairy free milk (almond, coconut, cashew)
1 egg
3 tbsp of an oil (avocado, ghee, coconut oil or melted grass-fed butter)
Sweetener (see below)
Water
Directions
If you’re making them to be savory then only add 1 tbsp of sweetener
To make them more traditional add 1/3 cup of sweetener of your choice.
Mix the dry ingredients together with a fork, then add in the milk, egg and oil. Mix well.
It will be thick but you can thin it out little by little with water. You don’t want it soupy.
Heat your griddle or frying pan, I used KerryGold in the pan.
Scoop out the size of pancake you want. Wait for the bubbles to form then flip.
What I like to do is a make one pancake, cook it and taste it. I can adjust the flavor of the remaining batter if need be.
Optional Add in’s
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • butter extract
  • maple extract
  • blueberries
  • Sprinkles
  • Powdered peanut butter
  • Flax seeds, hemp seeds, coconut flakes
  • Seasonings
Get creative!
Coconut Flour Pancakes
gluten free paleo pancakes
In the broadcast I mentioned a coconut flour recipe.
When you use coconut flour, it has the hint of coconut flavor so be prepared for it.
If you don’t like coconut, this might not be for you.
Coconut Flour Pancakes
3 tbsp coconut flour
3 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp non dairy milk
3 tbsp oil (coconut, avocado or melted grass-fed butter)
1/4 tsp baking powder
2-3 tbsp sweetener of your choice
Blend all of the ingredients together.
Cook on medium heat, scoop out the size of pancake you want.
Once you see the bubbles, flip.
You can use the same add in’s as above.

You have options!

…just have to use them!!!
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Mother’s Day: A DAY? WHAT WAS THAT?

Happy post Mother’s Day!

The best part of my life is being a Mom! Without a doubt… owner, operator, coach, trainer, motivator, doctor… there isn’t a title I could live without except, MOM. That is the most important title I have and the one I love more than any other.

Yesterday, Mother’s Day 2017. Oh the build up… the hype, the sales, the promises, the cards, the flowers, the breakfast, lunch, dinners and more! An amazing day… WHAT, A DAY??

A DAY?? THAT’S ALL WE GET? ONE FREAKING DAY?

Presidents get a day and there’s only been 45 of them.
July 4th gets a day.

Teachers get a week and they only play teacher for 8 hours a day with weekends, holidays and summers off.

Mother’s Day should be a month long celebration, with a massive one week build up and a day that every mom get’s everything they want for free.

Think… Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Massive build up for one day.

Don’t Mother’s deserve the same?

OK… rant over. I actually have some stuff to talk about here…

Mother’s Day can be a tough one for a lot of women. A lot of us spend some of the day reflecting on the moms that we’ve lost. (Especially if they were gone too soon).

I lost my Mom on my 20th birthday. Yes, actually on my 20th birthday.

There are so many things that happen daily, that I wish my Mom was here for. She never got to see me be a mom… I think she’d like what she would see though. There is a whole lot of her in my ‘mothering’.

My Mom passed early because of poor health. It has been a driver for me for the last 20+ years.

Your family wants to celebrate a lot of Mother’s Days with your.

Carrying 20 extra pounds increases your health risks – that is just science. Risky behaviors do the same.

Your family wants you around for a long time, trust me.

You want to be here for them.

Make that a part of your WHY to be healthy and stay healthy.

It’s not a punishment to be disciplined with your eating and exercise. It’s just what you do to maintain good health and longevity.

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Making sure you have lots of Mother’s Day celebrations ahead is pretty easy…

Do you even have a routine or just make things up as you go along?  Winging it…that’s where things go sideways. You can’t have a goal without a plan.

Life is crazy right?!

Things change daily, kids get sick from school, family issues happen, work is chaos, car breaks down, you get injured…etc etc etc…so how do you plan around that?

You have systems in place that allow flexibility.  You can have routines in place which give you a path to follow. Almost always the best paths are the ones that other’s have walked before you showing the easier, more successful route.  Those paths and systems make for at least 80% of the results you are seeking in everything you do in life. 

Otherwise you’ll do what most people do; achieve just a small percentage of what they say they want.

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What do I mean by routines and systems?

  • scheduling priorites
  • days you are working out on
  • food prep day
  • shopping days
  • family activities
  • the time you wake up (Pro tip: get up 30 minutes earlier)
  • when bed time is roughly (Pro tip: go to bed 30 minutes earlier)
  • social activities

“But, Carrie, I don’t want to live my life out of a daily planner”.  If that’s your first thought then you are basically saying that you don’t really want to achieve the goals you claim you do. You are making it up each and every morning you will be making your choices and decisions out reaction, out of immediacy and hurry which leads to living in stress rather than within priorities, purpose, intent and time.

Everything that is successful around us was built on a system. Everyone who is successful has systems in their life making things easier, more efficient, faster and flexible.

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Need some motivation?

You might think that you don’t have the motivation to take on a healthy lifestyle change… but you do.
Give yourself more credit than that. Use whatever you need to get you started.  Look at your kids or your family, that is motivation to do better!!!
You are a role model to someone.

Plan and prepare don’t just try to wing it, it does’t work like that.

Make small changes everyday.

I have programs that pretty much fit every lifestyle, need and situation. Not knowing what to do is an excuse… the Internet is full of information. Having a plan or a system is easy… choosing the right one for you may be a little harder.

Commit to better, that’s where you start.

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10 Minute Meal - Balsamic Glazed Beef Roll-Ups

10 Minute Main Course: Balsamic Glazed Beef

10 Minute Meal as a main course dish that is easy, fast, paleo and packed full of protein and veggies? Is it possible? Can it be done? Sure is and I did it! (Video Below)
One of the biggest reasons excuses I hear from people describing their struggle with eating healthy is, “I just don’t have the time to cook.” Well, put that one in the trash bin…read on.

Balsamic Glazed Steak Roll Ups

This is a 10 minute meal!

Ingredients
Family portion of protein.
Salt, pepper, garlic powder
Veggies of your choice – julienne chop
Balsamic Glaze
1.5 tsp oil (avocado, olive)
3-4 cloves of crushed garlic
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of liquid aminos (coconut aminos) or light soy sauce
2 tbsp red wine vinegar or worchestershire
2 tsp Splenda brown sugar (or coconut sugar or splenda)
Directions:
Heat the oil and add in the garlic.
Let that cook for about a minute.
Add in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer on low for another 5 minutes. While that’s happening…
Season your choice of protein. You can use chicken, pork or steak, very thinly sliced.

I used flank steak.

Seasoning that I used:  garlic powder, salt (Himalayan) and ground black pepper.

Cut your meat or have it cut so that it is thin and wide enough to wrap around your veggies.
Roll Options:
-red, yellow, green pepper
-onion
-zuchinni
-sprouts
-spinach
Season your meat with salt and pepper. I also sprinkled garlic powder on the meat.
Add your veggies to the meat.
Roll the meat to wrap the veggies inside.
Place seam side down on your pre-heated (medium-high) pan.
Cook 3-4 minutes per side.
Cover the meat with your balsamic glaze and reduce the heat to medium.
You need to continue to baste and turn your meat until it is cooked through.
This is an awesome meal that can be done in just 10 minutes.
Pro Tip:
Chop up some extra veggies and add them to the pan with a little water to act as a deglazer so that they get to enjoy the awesome glaze as well!
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6 tips to making meal prep a breeze

6 Tips To Make Meal Prep A Breeze

Meal prep is what will you set you apart from the rest of the world when it comes to making the time to prioritize health and fitness in your life. The 6 tips will be game changers for you if you struggle with time!

Time is always everyone’s big struggle. “If I only had more time.” Sorry about your luck, but everyone from the corporate executive to the mom with four kids to the single twenty something grad student all share the exact same amount of time.

It’s not more time we need…it’s making the most of the time we have and one of the best ways to do that is to schedule it.

Yes, schedule your health and fitness time. Let’s face it, if your health sucks, so does everything else in your life. Maybe not today, probably not tomorrow, but ignore your health long enough and everything else will go with it.

Time for making healthy meals is one of the areas that my clients always find challenging when we start together and with a few simple tips, they become time shifters!

Meal Prep Tips: 6 tips to make meal prep a breeze!

  1. Schedule The Time
    There are two times you need to schedule. In the evenings to prepare lunch, breakfast and snacks for the next day. A block of time on Saturday or Sunday (or whenever you enjoy a day off) to batch prepare food. You won’t need more than 20 minutes an evening or 2 hours on your free day.
  2. Design A Menu
    For me this was HUGE! I lay out in menu form what my families meals will look like for the coming week. (I actually do two weeks at time). This guides me for my shopping needs, my batch prep time and saves a lot of time and ‘last minute mistakes’, “There’s nothing to eat”
    There’s always something to eat when you plan it, make it, prepare it.
  3. Storage
    Don’t overlook this super simple fact of life. Having the proper storage containers makes EVERYTHING about meal prep easier. From portion size, to convenience, having great storage containers that can go from the fridge/freezer to the microwave and be your plate saves time and
    money!
    I use the “FitPakcer – Meal Prep Containers” pictured on the left and centre [AF]. There are lots of different options available.6 tips to making meal prep a breeze Fitpacker
  4. Pre-Packaged Healthy Foods Can Help
    Pre-cut vegetables, microwave veggies, rice, pre-cooked chicken, turkey…all of these can come in handy and really cut down on prep time. But, make sure you read the labels. You want just the pure food that is on the label with minimal additives and preservative and NO ADDED SUGAR!
  5. Shop Smart
    Foods and supplies that can be bought in bulk are the way to go, but you can’t always do that with fresh foods and you need to buy a couple of time per week. I shop for bulk items whenever I can so that my quick trips to the grocery store are just that.
    Make a list and stick to it that is designed from your menu. This will save you time and money.
  6. Make It A Family Affair
    I involve my kids and my husband in our meal planning and the prep. The kids love having input into what the menu will be for supper and for their lunches and the extra hands on batch prep days makes for less time in the kitchen and more time for play and fun!

I guarantee when you use these 6 tips to make meal prep a breeze you will save time and money and it won’t take long before it becomes fast and second nature!

Do you use any of these tips already?  Let me know how it works for you and what other tips and tricks you use to stay pin track.

If you haven’t used any of these, try it and let me know how much of a game changer it is for you!

 

Carrot Cake Energy And Protein Balls: Paleo Goodness

When you think of Easter you think, “Bunnies” and when you think of bunnies you think of carrots!

Carrot Cake is my husbands favorite kind of cake so for Easter, we do these up as a little treat.

Paleo Carrot Cake Energy Balls
Carrot Cake Protein Balls
and a special (very limited)
Coconut Cream Icing.

At the bottom of this post there is a link to a Facebook Live I did making these for my #FitFriends!

Enjoy!!

Paleo Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Carrot Cake Paleo Energy Balls

1 Cup peeled and shredded carrots
3/4 Cups pecans
1 Egg white
1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoons + 2 Teaspoons Coconut Flour
2 Tablespoons ground Hemp seeds

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a bender (I use a NutriBullet), pulse the pecans until they are a fine chop (about four pulses).
  • Whisk the egg white until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold together the carrots, pecans and egg whites in a bowl.
  • Add the cinnamon, honey, coconut flour and hemp seeds.
  • Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Take 2 tablespoons of the mixture, compress it in your hands and then gently roll into a ball and place on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12 – 15 minutes.

Carrot Cake Protein Balls

Carrot Cake Protein Balls

1/2 Cup Nut Butter (I used Almond Butter)
1 Cup Oat bran
3/4 Cup Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Almond Milk
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 Cup shredded peeled carrots
2 Tablespoons honey

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Once mixed, add in the carrots.
  • Add in the nut butter and honey and mix until it is all together.  Add in the milk a bit at a time to make the dough a good consistency to roll into balls.
  • Roll into balls and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet or plate.
  • Chill in the refrigerator.

Coconut Cream Icing

1/4 cup coconut oil, softened (room temperature)
1/4 cup dairy-free butter substitute, softened (like Earth Balance; I use soy-free.)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted powdered sweetener (I use my NutriBullet and blend the sweetener to turn it into powder)
1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk.

Directions

  • Whip coconut oil and butter together until smooth and creamy.
  • Add vanilla extract and powdered sweetener, one cup at a time, mixing well between each cup.
  • Add the milk, a little at a time, using less for thick frosting and more for a thin frosting. I used 1 tbsp in the Facebook Live.
  • Store in airtight container in the fridge up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature to use (do not microwave frosting).